Sunday, 28 October 2012

Greatness

Be not afraid of greatness: . . . Some are born great, Some achieve greatness, And some have greatness thrust upon them. - Shakespeare

Forget about like and dislikes. They are of no consequence. Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness. - George Bernard Shaw

Great is he who enjoys his earthenware as if it were plate, and not less great is the man to whom all plate is no more than earthenware. - Seneca

Greatness is a transitory experience. It is never consistent. It depends in part upon the myth-making imagination of humankind. The person who experiences greatness must have a feeling for the myth he is in. He must reflect what is projected upon him. - Frank Herbert

Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength. - Unknown

If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission. - Unknown 

It is an invincible greatness of mind not to be elevated or dejected with good or ill fortune. - Seneca

It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him. - John Steinbeck.

Man's greatness lies in his power of thought. - Blaise Pascal

Many have had their greatness made for them by their enemies. - Baltasar Gracian

Recipe for greatness – To bear up under loss, to fight the bitterness of defeat and the weakness of grief, to be victor over anger, to smile when tears are close, to resist evil men and base instincts, to hate hate and to love love, to go on when it would seem good to die, to seek ever after the glory and the dream, to look up with unquenchable faith in something evermore about to be, that is what any man can do, and so be great. - Zane Grey

Somewhere in the world there is a defeat for everyone. Some are destroyed by defeat, and some made small and mean by victory. Greatness lives in one who triumphs equally over defeat and victory. - John Steinbeck

The greatness comes not when things go always good for you. But the greatness comes when you’re really tested, when you take some knocks, some disappointments, when sadness comes. Because only if youve been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain. - Richard Nixon

The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively. - Bob Marley

There are countless ways of attaining greatness, but any road to reaching one's maximum potential must be built on a bedrock of respect for the individual, a commitment to excellence, and a rejection of mediocrity. - Buck Rodgers

There are no great men, only great challenges that ordinary men are forced by circumstances to meet. - William F. Halsey


To be great is to be misunderstood. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

To endure is greater than to dare; to tire out hostile fortune; to be daunted by no difficulty; to keep heart when all have lost it – who can say this is not greatness? - William Makepeace Thackeray

There is as much greatness of mind in acknowledging a good turn, as in doing it. - Seneca

We all carry the seeds of greatness within us, but we need an image as a point of focus in order that they may sprout. - Epictetus

1 comment:

Peaches Ledwidge said...

I love Richard Nixon's quote.